• Kyodo


A 58-year-old woman told police Monday that she gave birth to six babies whose skeletons were discovered in an apartment in Toda, Saitama Prefecture, the day before, according to investigative sources.

The woman also told investigators that she had delivered the last of the six babies more than 10 years ago, the sources said.

Investigators extracted the confession during interrogation of the woman and her daughter, both former occupants of the apartment in which the skeletons were discovered, the sources said. The remains were found in a closet by cleaners.

Police had initially questioned the 33-year-old daughter, who had lived in the apartment with her then husband, a truck driver, from 1990 until about a year ago, the sources said. The couple had children in elementary and junior high school.

After they divorced, the daughter’s ex-husband moved to Hokkaido and the apartment was occupied by the daughter’s relatives until late March, the sources said, adding it has been empty since then.

One of these relatives was the woman’s 58-year-old mother, they said.

Investigators believe the mother brought the six bodies with her when she moved into the apartment and are questioning her further for details of their births and deaths, the sources said.

The skeletons were found in an empty room in the apartment when the cleaners, commissioned by a management firm, checked the closet.

Police said five of the six skeletons were wrapped in clear plastic bags and the sixth was in a plastic case for storing clothing.

The real estate company that oversees the apartment’s management had demanded in March that the contract with the family be terminated due to late rent payments, the sources said.

Baby’s death probed

SAITAMA (Kyodo) Police are investigating the cause of death of an 8-month-old boy who was found unconscious early Monday and later died at a hospital.

The boy’s father, a 21-year-old student at a private university, called an ambulance after finding the child unconscious in the family’s apartment in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, at around 2 a.m. The hospital later said the boy’s death was suspicious.

Police said they are questioning both the father and the mother of the child, who is a 20-year-old student at the same school.

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